Oregon Lavender Festival

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Today we went to the Oregon Lavender Festival.  There were a number of destinations to choose from, and we decided to go to the Blue Heron Herbary out on Sauvie Island, which is a worthwhile destination all its own.  We enjoyed our day.  From our house the drive to Sauvie Island takes us through rural areas for the most part, and we enjoyed the green fields and the many barns we passed along the way.

According to Wikipedia, Sauvie Island, originally Wapato Island or Wappatoo Island, is the largest island along the Columbia River at 26,000 acres, and one of the largest river islands in the United States. It lies approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Portland, between the Columbia River to the east, the Multnomah Channel to the west, and the Willamette River to the south.  We have, on occasion, taken our boat all the way around the island, which is an all day trip.  It makes for a fun day of sight-seeing, soaking up the sun, and taking lots of pictures.

The Blue Heron Herbary was just what it claims to be--an herbary. They didn't have the fields of lavender that I was expecting. Rather, they had pots of lavender in their greenhouse as well as multitudes of other herbs in the greenhouse and in their herb garden.  While it wasn't the lavender extravaganza I had in mind, it was still well worth the drive out there.  We saw lots of other things in addition to the lavender.  There were lots of honeybees, which was reassuring to me.  My father and I kept bees together when I was growing up, and it remains my fondest memory of him. 

I took lots of pictures, and they don't require much explanation, so I'll just let you look. This is a little structure behind the main house. The pond to the left of it (which you can't see in the image) was filled with water lilies.

Pretty much the extent of their lavender "fields", but man, did it smell good standing in this spot.

I thought this little bird house made from a primitive percolator was cute.

Lavender drying in their gift shop.

These cute little people were also in the gift shop.

Lots of bees.  It was hard to take a picture without getting any bees in it, and in any case, I didn't try.  

This next image is blooming Thai basil.

We have one of these yellow butterfly bushes in our yard.

The characters in this next image look like something Dr. Seuss might have written about.

This next image is a dill head.  Great for making pickles.

Blooming mint and a Morning Glory.


I have a few more images I'm saving for another time.  I hope you enjoyed these.  

13 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

That cosmos pink is a show-stopper; bees are the best and I miss them. Used to see a lot more than we do now any season...

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful place to visit and gorgeous shots of the flowers and fields.


Teresa in Music City said...

Looks like a beautiful place to visit! That little structure is too cute :*) It looks like some sort of out building for tools etc. Except fancier than any out building I've ever seen of course! My favorite photos is the purple flowers with the bee on them - gorgeous color!!! And that bee looks like he's telling me to mind my own business.

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greelyrita said...

My daughter gave me some Thai basil. Perhaps I should let it flower. Sure is pretty.

Dana Gaffney said...

That looks like a wonderful place to visit, the pictures are beautiful. I wish you could have sent us the smells, it must have been heavenly.

Snoodles said...

What a lovely start to my Monday. I enjoyed this post very much!

Kate said...

Looks like a lovely excursion. Love the photos. We took a walk on My Guy's family farm, it's do dry here there wasn't much to photograph that wasn't brown! So thanks for sharing all the green!

KatieQ said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely adventure. The pictures are wonderful.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

What an absolute lovely place! I'm fairly certain I would turn that charming little cottage into the perfect sewing space and leave every window open in order to catch the sweet air. It's so dry here that even my Cosmos refuses to bloom. :(

Sharon Dawn said...

It looked like a lovely place to go for a walk! The flowers look so pretty. Cosmos have always been a favorite!

mahoo said...

I love your new blog design/layout! So fresh. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

quiltzyx said...

Ahhhh, a dose of Barbara Photos! If that little outbuilding had a thatched roof, it could have been in Ireland. :D

Great pics, as usual - glad you had such a lovely day & thanks for sharing!